U2’s 1987 album The Joshua Tree is one of the biggest of the greatest albums of all time, and a biologist is returning the favor in honoring spider species in honor of the band’s lead singer, including those found at the California national park.
Jason Bond, a biologist at Alabama’s Auburn University identified 33 new species of trapdoor spiders, and three of them were at the Joshua Tree National Park, in which the namesake is featured on U2’s 1987 landmark album. According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the spider named after Bono, was called the A. bonoi, while the other two were named after Indian tribes. Bono isn’t the only celebrity to get the honor of having a spider species named after him. Other famous people that Bond named species after include Angelina Jolie and Stephen Colbert.
In other music news, Billboard announced that Prince will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on May 19th. the honor will take place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, during a live broadcast on ABC (channel 7 for the Bay Area). The music legend will receive the Billboard Icon Awards, followed by what will perhaps be considered an unforgettable performance. Prince follows last year’s recipient Stevie Wonder.